It’s official. President Donald Trump has officially become the third president to be impeached in the weakest impeachment case ever lodged against a president in American history.
By a nearly party-line vote, House Democrats passed two articles of impeachment against the president, by a vote of 230 to 197 at 8:34 p.m. after a daylong debate. One article for “abuse of power,” and another for “obstruction of Congress.”
Two Democrats voted against the measure. No Republicans voted for it, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii voted present.
House Democrats have now come through on their signature campaign promise at the top of their policy agenda: an attempt to reverse the 2016 election results through impeachment despite a majority of Americans disapproving of the president’s impeachment.
Now a trial is slated to take place in the Republican-controlled Senate in the new year where Trump is almost certain to be acquitted of the charges lobbied against him. The Constitution requires a two-thirds majority for the removal of a president through impeachment, requiring 20 of the chamber’s 53 Republicans to join Democrats and oust a president of their own party.
The House voted to kick impeachment over to the Senate following two months of public and private hearings offering no credible evidence to incriminate Trump on the charges lodged against him. To the contrary, multiple witnesses offered testimony exonerating the president of any wrongdoing, admitting that the president committed no crime whatsoever, let alone a “high crime and misdemeanor” to warrant the extreme measure of impeachment.
The proceedings were kicked off in September by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following new details of an anonymous whistleblower filing a complaint alleging Trump invited the Ukraine president to interfere in the next U.S. election. The complaint centers on a July 25th phone call between the two world leaders and was found “credible” and “urgent” by the intelligence community inspector general but was rejected by the Department of National Intelligence.
An unredacted transcript of the phone call was declassified and released to the public following the revelations of the complaint. Democrats and a complicit media argued Trump pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political opponents at home in exchange for nearly $400 million in withheld military aid in an apparent “quid pro quo.”
The transcript however, reveals no such scheme, and instead shows the president urging Zelensky to rid his own government of the corruption plaguing his country, and requesting that the Ukrainian president investigate the origins of its involvement in peddling the damaging and defamatory Russia hoax in the United States. That’s the “high crime and misdemeanor” Democrats have charged the president for “abuse of power.”
House Democrats have also charged the president with “obstruction of Congress” for refusing to cooperate with the unconstitutional proceedings aimed at simply reversing the results of the 2016 election three years later after the epic collapse of the grand Russian collusion conspiracy theory targeting the president.
Next year’s Senate trial has already begun with rampant partisanship where Democrats desperate to turn the tide of public opinion have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to bring forward new witnesses to testify.
McConnell has rejected the Democratic pleas, arguing it was the House’s job to conduct the investigation.
“It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to ‘guilty.’ That would hardly be impartial justice,” McConnell said on the floor of the Senate Tuesday.
Senate Republicans are pushing for a quick and speedy trial that will exonerate a president who never should have been impeached in the first place.